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. >>> american spy secrets exposed? iran claims it has hacked into a captured u.s. drone. we have a live report. >>> and, john t is high drama on capitol hit. president obama's big pick for cia director up for con fir make in a few hours. but will members of his own party derail it? >> i don't know. >> lots of drama. good morning. welcome to "early start." i'm zoraida sambolinment. >> i'm john berman. it's thursday, february 7th. 5:00 a.m. in the east. let's get started. up first, brace yourselves, bundle up, buy a shovel. this will be a big one. at this moment a blaizzard watc is in effects for new england. a storm is headed that way and could be historihistoric. it could drop two feet of snow in some places and it all starts tomorrow. you told us this was coming yesterday, you were on top of this one. >> we're trying. boston could rival its worst blizzard from 2003 which had 27 1/2 inches. all of this talks about two storm systems coming together. the first one here, notice in the south, all instability, a tornado warming out there for plaquemines parish. this is moving off to the east. we wi
north korea's nuclear weapons and bollistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. and he continued the u.s. remains vigilant in the face of north korean provocations and steadfast in our defense commitments to allies in the region. obviously ther obvious obviously, there is grave concern. the north koreans are saying they have a different type of weapon, more sophisticated, more powerful. what is happening right now is that the u.s. and international organizations are monitoring what they -- what they can from this test. they are sending the united states, sending planes aloft and what they do, they have sensors on them, and they try to sniff the air in a way and figure out exactly what kind of explosion that was. because there are a couple of different types of explosions, and depending on that, we could find out how much they can do of testing in the future and perhaps create a bomb. soledad. >> jill dougherty, thank you, jill. ahead, we'll talk to gordon chang, author of "nuclear showdown." we'll discuss that, st
with the case for drones and the future of u.s. troops in afghanistan. >> i strongly believe 3,000 is too little. and 30,000 is too many. >> then our political panel on the state of the union watching and the new chairman of the senate foreign relations committee. plus, the high price of a penny. i'm candy crowley. and this is "state of the union." engining mow now from his home state of kentucky, senator rand paul. thank you for joining thus morning. you are going to deliver the tea party response to the president's state of the union. why is that needed? you have an "r" behind your name and so does marco rubio, who will deliver the republican response. >> there is a movement in the republican party, that is very vocal. in the 2010 election, there was a lot of the movement that helped us win elections and they consider themselves mostly to be republican, they will occasionally chastise the republican establishment. they want an independent voice. >> is that what you intend to do? chastise the republican establishment? >> no, but i think really there are some things that i will emphasize that ma
congress into putting off billions of dollars in automatic spending cuts, cuts he fears will wreck the u.s. economic recovery. basically he wants lawmakers to kick the can down the road one more time. let's go to our white house correspondent dan lothian. dan is joining us. dan, the president made a little bit of a surprise appearance over in the white house briefing room. >> reporter: that's right. very surprising because the president in the past has criticized these short-term deals saying that this is not what the american people sent their elected officials to washington to do. you have this march 1st deadline quickly approaching. while congress is trying to work on a bigger budget, 1 pine point $2 trillion package, the president says they need more time in order to continue tipping away at the problem. the big concern is that everyone believes that the economy is moving in the right direction. the president is pointing to auto sales, the housing, to manufacturing. and so there's this worry that if this see quester happens, if these deep cuts happen then it could be a major set back f
't giving up yet. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." cutting our pay. that's how one u.s. officer says u.s. troops view the recommendation for a smaller pay increase in 2014. no one goes into the military to get rich but most servicemen and women need every dollar in their paycheck. so worried that next paycheck may be smaller is not going over well among the troops. our pentagon correspondent barbara starr has the details. she's working the story. barbara, what's going on? >> wolf, in this town, there's nothing that causes more anxiety in budget politics than the concept of cutting the pay for the troops. but that is exactly what is on the table if congress and the president cannot reach an agreement on a spending plan. the troops usually are happy to see defense secretary leon panetta, smiles and handshakes all around. but days before he leaves office, panetta has bad news. he's proposing less money in their paycheck next year. panetta, a savvy washington operative in budget politics, is leaving it to congress to figure out how not to cut pay and keep thousands of defen
say they do not have the capability to make a bomb. >> well, zoraida, it will be days before the u.s. has a very good handle on the size of the explosion, the size of the payload, but at first glance what u.s. officials are very concerned about are north korea's claims that it testified a miniaturized nuclear weapon. why is that so concerning? that means they're closer to making a missile that they could launch toward the united states. these types of dplier tesnuclea moves them closer to mastering the idea. it was expected, officials tell me, that north korea warned the u.s. and china yesterday that a test was eminent. after the test president obama issued a statement. what he said was north korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs constitute a threat to u.s. national security and to international peace and security. we will strengthen close coordination with allies and partners and work with our six-party partners,united nations security council and other u.n. member states to pursue this. they will be meeting this morning in an emergency session. my source is telling
this nuclear test. we're getting this information from the u.s. geological survey which reported a seismic disturbance in north korea. the seismic event was centered near the side of pyeoongyangpyoo previous tests. officials have confirmed seismic activity in north korea. south korea says it detected what it called an artificial earthquake north of its border. the tremor, though, was different from what you might consider to be a normal earthquake. no further information at this stage is known. there's no official confirmation coming from anyone, least of all from pyongyang. north korea as we've been telling you, widely expecting to carry out this nuclear test any day now. pyongyang is expecting to stage a high intensity -- we have anna koran standing by in seoul, south korea, we also have alex in tokyo. let's go to anna koran, who is in seoul for us right now. anna, you're on military maneuvers just a few days ago, with the south koreans and u.s. military there. there is a great deal of preparation in south korea for this event. essentially, given what's happened, what can the south korea
a renaissance may be at hand for the u.s. economy? find out right now on "your money." >>> despite a recession in europe, major mergers in the united states show evidence that business is picking up. america could be on the road to prosperity if not for our politicians standing on the way. i'm ali velshi. this is "your money." there's ap economic storm hovering just off our shores. the headwinds are gathering strength as our elected official once again seem prepared to take the american economy to the brink of destruction. this time over a march 1st deadline for the across-the-board government cuts known as the sequester. >> this is not a game. this is reality. >> i don't like the sequester. it's taking a meat axe to our government. >> these steps would seriously damage the fragile american economy. >> still fragile enough that four years after the recession the u.s. economy actually shrank in the last three months of 2012. the storm clouds were ready to blow away and washington basically called them back. >> i think we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. >> if not for indeci
unknown and officials don't know if it was an accident or murder. >>> of lance armstrong and the u.s. postal service cycling team received tens of millions of dollars in federal funds. now the u.s. government wants it back. the justice department says it will join the lawsuit filed by former teammate floyd landis. that suit alleges armstrong and managers defrauded the government by using performance enhancing substances in violation of sponsorship rules. >>> and now, a new winter storm in the northeast. once again up to 10 inches of snow possible for parts of new england this weekend. boston still has remnants of that big blizzard that hit just two weeks ago, if you recall. and even after the streets were cleared, the city was left with a whole lot of potholes to fill. karen mcginnis back in the weather center, here we go again. >> the third weekend in a row but not like what we saw early part of february, fred, when they got blasted with about 24 inches of snow. this one going to pack a little bit of a punch. the computer models were all over the place. yes, snow on the way not just
, a suicide bomber of the u.s. embassy in turkey and the president's nominee for pentagon chief gets the third degree. >> i would like an answer yes or no. >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> outstanding defense secretary leon panetta and joint chief chairman martin dempsey on the hagel hearings, hospitals and benghazi. >> this is not 911. you can't call in two minutes and expect a team in place. >> then the president's agenda. >> comprehensive immigration reform. prevent something like newtown hopefully from happening again. >> what about jobs? with former obama policy adviser meld barnes, former labor secretary elaine chao, mvp super bowl xl hines ward. i'm candy crowley and this is "state of the union." joining me now leon panetta secretary of defense and martin dempsey, chairman of the chief joint of staff. i want to play you a little of the hearings. >> as to the iranians red line persian gulf, some of the iranian questions you asked. i support the president's strong position on containment. by the way, i've just been handed a note that i misspoke. we don't have a position
an israeli airstrike deep into syria, a suicide bomber at the u.s. embassy in turkey and the president's nominee for pentagon chief gets the third degree. >> i actually would like an answer, yes or no. # >> well, i'm not going to give you a yes or no. >> outstanding defense secretary leon panetta and joint chief chairman general martin dempsey on the hagel hearings, world hot spots and benghazi. >> this is not 911. you can't call in two minutes and expect a team in place. >> then the president's agenda. >> comprehensive immigration reform. prevent something like newtown or oak creek from happening again. >> what about jobs? with former obama policy adviser mellody barnes, former labor secretary elaine chao and a conversation about football and kids with the mvp of super bowl xl hines ward. i'm candy crowley. this is "state of the union." joining me now leon panetta secretary of defense and martin dempsey, chairman of the chief joint of staff. gentlemen, thank you both for being here. we had very interesting hearings on thursday for your replacement. i want to play you just a little bit
to protect the u.s. from devastating cyber attacks, and china considered one of the biggest offenders. the cyber security company, of course, has been saying it's identified a hacking group in shanghai with ties to china's military and says it watched those hackers systematically steal information from more than 140 companies. china denying any involvement. >>> and police still have no clue who managed to pull off a daring heist at the brussels airport. thieves managed to steal $50 million worth of diamonds from a plane on the tarmac. on monday night, two cars burst through the perimeter fence, the airport, sped towards the plane. authorities say the men were wearing police uniforms and were heavily armed. they were in and out of the airport within minutes. it is cnn's top international news story today. >>> of course, we are talking about the olympic star pistorius. everybody is following this. everybody is talking about this. it is really quite amazing. another night we're going to spend in jail. we don't know the outcome, whether he's going to be released on bail. this is playing o
to a man whose wife is stuck on that ship. >>> north korea thumbing its nose at the u.s. and the international community by carrying out a new, more powerful nuclear test. is the first one under kim jong-un, press obama calls it a threat to u.s. security and world peace. the first indication of the underground test came when seismologists detected a tremor in an area not known for earthquakes. >>> in his state of the union speech tonight, president obama will announce 34,000 u.s. troops will be home from afghanistan by this time next year. jake tapper, the first to break the news after talking to sources who know about the president's speech. the move's going to cut the number of troops in afghanistan by more than half. troop reductions will continue through the end of next year. >>> so more than 4,000 people if you can imagine this, stuck on this cruise ship, disabled cruise ship. they are hot. they are hungry. they are holding their noses because toilets are overflowing. folks feeling desperate now. the ship is finally on the move. you have tugboats towing it to mobile
the recession the u.s. economy actually shrank in the last three months of 2012. the storm clouds were ready to blow away and washington basically called them back. >> i think we're all aware that we have some urgent business to do. >> if not for indecisive, uncompromising, and polarizing politicians, america's economy could take off again. >> we are producing more energy and america can become an energy exporter. >> we're in the midst of an energy boom and it's lowering the price of electricity and bringing manufacturing back to america. a housing boom fueled by the lowest interest rates in history. and 35 months of private sector job creation. america's future could be great. >> i'd like to focus on what lies beyond the fiscal debate. >> i'd like to, too. but that's not possible the with a sequester deadline about to descend on the american economy. when will washington's small thinking about big problems end? if this week is any indication, the dysfunction won't end any time soon. earlier this week we learned the euro area experienced its third straight quarter of negative growth. gdp the
's a one-eyed bandit, the head of a cell called those that sign in blood. ten years ago, the u.s. considered taking him down and chose not to. vicki huddleston was the u.s. ambassador to mali when he first popped on the radar. >> he was not a threat to anyone. just a cigarette smuggler at that point and not a legitimate target. >> ten years later, he is one of the most brazen to have targeted americans abroad. in january, he master minded the attack on an algerian gas plant. three americans ended up dead. >> we've seen he is a much cleverer man than we manled. >> back then, it seems too risky. huddleston argued against an air strike in 2003. >> the strikes would have been imperfect and would have united the region against us. >> she did push for intense intelligence sharing and mentoring with mali's forces and uniting the region against militants. >> the tragedy is we did not continue the same policy. >> she later moved over to the pentagon for the obama administration. she says they advocated a policy of trying to contain al-qaeda in north africa, instead of building up the abil
claiming his death proves they were absolutely justified in passing legislation banning u.s. nationals from adopting any more russian children. they did that at the end of last year. partly in response to u.s. legislation, targeting russian human rights abusers. but also because of concerns held for a long time here by russian officials who say they are worried about the way russian orphans are treated in the united states. supporters of the adoption ban claim since the 1990s 19 other russian children have died after being adopted by americans. the russian government says it is very concerned about the welfare of russian orphans and says 60,000 have are been adopted over the last 20 years. the adoption ban is one of the key reasons why relations between the united states and russia are the worst that they have been in a long time. a line of politicians here and officials have responded to the death of this 3-year-old boy by effectively saying, we told you so. phil black, cnn, russia. >>> european scandal over mislabeled meat keeps getting big der. details of the latest recall foods where tr
the nation's intelligence community had their hands on classified documents, the topic, when u.s. drones can legally kill americans overseas. president obama has agreed to the release only after caving in to the demands of congress. and today, in a senate confirmation hearing lawmakers will grill john brennan, obama's choice to lead the cia and also an architect of the drone program and a vocal supporter. >> we conduct targeted strikes because they are necessary to mitigate an actual ongoing threat to stop plots, prevent future attacks, and to save american lives. >> but it was the killing of an american citizen in yemen that raises all the questions. u.s. drones killed u.s.-born cleric anwar al awlaki, he was tied to the terrorist plots including the underwear bomber but never charged in u.s. court. iran claims it has unlocked the encrypted surveillance images from a spy plane drone. cnn cannot independently verify the authenticity video which is running on iranian state television and youtube. >> translator: this aircraft has had many flights in countries around iran and operations that ha
this morning, a mega merger between american airlines and u.s. airways could be formally announced today. the boards of both companies met yesterday and reportedly finalized this deal. federal approval is still needed. the new airline would be the largest in the world with a market value of about $10 billion. talk about a monopoly. many analysts predict the merger will result in higher fares because of reduced competition. >> it's a huge business story but it will have an effect on the consumer. >> so did you feel that breeze? a boxer has been suspended for allegedly taking a dive 13 seconds -- 13 seconds -- into a fight against former nfl defensive end ray edwards. check this out. the phantom upper cut misses him by a foot. the guys sells it, literal knocking himself off his own feet. they say he was a last-minute replacement for a couple no-show boxers. north dakota fight governing body are reviewing the bout. that's probably a good idea. >> doesn't take long to review that. pretty obvious. >>> ten minutes past the hour. the end may be near for what some are calling the cruise from hel
discharged from the u.s. navy reserve earlier this year. in fact, just a short time ago, after serving in several overseas jobs. basically as a security officer. he was a lieutenant. he had weapons training in the navy. but not a commando, not a navy s.e.a.l., this was basic security work. nonetheless, he had two awards critically. the rifle marksman ribbon, and the pistol expert medal. this meant he had some qualifications in shooting at some expert level at particular distances or ranges. i think, though, very clear we should also understand that he had expertise through his service as a police officer. many people, many police officers serve in the military reserve, and they have a lot of weapons expertise due to all of that. still, very concerning, obviously, because of his background. >> were you able to learn anything about did the military have any information on his mental health? >> reporter: well, this would be a matter of privacy concerns. but at the moment, they wouldn't publicly release that. at the moment, very preliminary, there is no indication of that, because he was h
he's bringing home 34,000 u.s. troops, 34,000 troops, gone from afghanistan, by this time next year, 2014. that, do the math, cuts the force by a little more than half, so you will have 32,000 u.s. troops still in afghanistan into 2014. stay tuned. because we will hit on this a little later, this major troop withdrawal from afghanistan. i want to talk now about tonight, about the state of the union, about gun control. and, yes, ted nugent. >> if barack obama becomes the president in november, again, i will either be dead or in jail by this time next year. >> that man, ted nugent, says he will come to the speech tonight unarmed, not a bad idea, but here you have prominent gun right supporter, how do i say this, known to be a little excitable? you with me. he'll be right there in that regal house chamber for tonight's state of the union. ted nugent will be the guest of steve stockman, house republican. stockman, from texas, says ted nugent's a patriot. here is more of ted nugent, again, speaking last april. >> our president and attorney general, our vice president, hillary clinton, th
nuclear program. six world powers including the u.s. and russia have a plan. and they're going to present it to the iranians in talks next tuesday. the goal is to offer serious economic incentives in exchange for iran's shutting down uranium enrichment facility and surrendering the stockpile of urani uranium. we have details of this new proposal. what's new about it? i know last year they tried to do this and they didn't go for it. what's new here? >> that's right. it's been about a year since the u.s. and the partners sat down with iran over the nuclear program. they've been making a good deal of progress on the developments since that time. so they're sweetening the pot, so to speak, and asking more of ire ran in return whether they sit down next week in kazakhstan. in exchange for easing the ban on the trade of gold and precious metals to iran and some nuclear fuel for peaceful purposes, iran must close its enrichment facility at a plant that is underground. the longer iran keeps this underground facility open and becomes more difficult to stop them militarily from having the uranium n
, according to the u.s. coast guard they're probably less than 50 miles away from mobile right now. that might sound pretty close, but it's probably going to feel like an eternity before they get here. there was a flurry of activity last night with helicopters delivering new supplies to the ship and some new generators, so that sort of implies that they might have some means to have more electricity on board and everyone to have perhaps more food and more water before they get here. but once they do arrive here, that's when things are going to start moving relatively quickly for the 3100 passengers on board. here the plans have already been made to have buses waiting for them to take them back to their cars in galveston, texas, so they can drive right home tonight if they want to or they can take them to a hotel where you can bet there will be plenty of people anxious to get to that first hot shower they have had in quite some time. you think about this, soledad, this ship was supposed to arrive in galveston, texas, on sunday. they're now 500 miles off course and five days overdue. >> or they
the come back of the u.s. manufacturing industries and the jobs for the middle class that they create and double downed on his calls for new spending on education and jobs. our chief analyst engineer yeah borrow injury is walking into "the situation room" with more of the fallout from the speech. clearly he's doubling down on a very ambitious agenda. >> yeah. this is a second-term president who is not scaling back here at all, wolf. he comes to the state of the union speech and second term with a lot of ambition. what we saw last night was a president who was not so much reaching out to members of congress as he was reaching over their heads to the american people. he is making a bed here through executive action, he's doing some things on cybersecurity, for example, that he can take his solutions to the problems of this country to the american people and say, i'm on the side of the middle class and the republicans are not. now, there is a risk in this for the president because the republicans are saying, you know what, americans don't want to raise any more taxes. they are tired of t
the beaches, there are naturally going to be more attacks. >> it's been 557 days since the u.s. lost its top credit rating. what are we doing to get it back? jobs are key to the economic recovery. they said we have been making progress but warned a prosperous job market is going to take years to come. >> and now the paternos fighting back. a new report commissioned by the family called an investigation into the penn state sex scandal factually wrong, speculative and fundamentally wrong. they hired three experts to rebut the penn state report that claimed that paterno and three other officials famed to protect children from being abused by former coach jerry sandusky. hout front is jay paterno, and dick thornburg, one of three experts hired by the paterno family. great to see both of you, and good to see you, jay. thank you so much for coming in. you have put a lot of time into this report. you feel that your father was wronged. this has become a cause for you. >> well, the report had a couple aims. one was to get to the ruth. and i think that's more important than anything. and a second thin
tapper just broke that the president will announce on afghanistan that u.s. troops will be reduced by half by february of 2014, the number of u.s. troops in afghanistan will go down to 34,000, that's specificity we didn't have before and we expect him to detail tonight. carol, by and large the president will be focusing a lot on domestic priorities, specifically the economy. >> mr. speaker, the president of the united states. >> reporter: how times have changed. when he addressed congress one year ago, president obama faced sagging poll numbers and a tough road to re-election. the result? a state of the union address that contained few new proposals and largely fell flat, not likely this year. >> his party gained seats in both the senate and the house. the american people broadly speaking are with him and so he can deliver a speech without the kinds of political constraints that he faced just 12 months ago. >> reporter: white house officials tell cnn that tonight's address will book end the president's inaugural speech last month, when he laid out aggressive themes on issues of gun
. >>> that blizzard is stopping the u.s. postal service. mail service has been suspended in connecticut maine massachusetts, new hampshire, rhode island, vermont, and areas north of new york city due to weather conditions. but we do also have some good news for airline passengers. airlines at jfk international and laguardia are expected to resume some passenger flights soon. newark flights are not expected to begin until at least noon due to the runways being down overnight. >>> how about this -- more than 1,890 flights canceled today according to flight aware tracking. boston's logan airport closed until 3:00 eastern. and bradley airport in connecticut remains closed too. >>> here are some other stories we've been watching this morning. in california search teams are trying to find and bring in an ex-cop and suspected killer christopher dorner. he's still at large, possibly in the resort area of big bear lake. dorner is the accused or is accused, rather of killing three people in revenge for losing his "dream job" with the lapd. he allegedly has a hit list of dozens
. he was scheduled to run in australia, brazil, the u.s., the uk and russia. while pistorius is in court on tuesday for a bail hearing, reeva's family says they'll be a memorial service for her as producers of her reality show released this farewell message from her, meant to be to the cast, but which now becomes her last words, her last good-bye. >> i take with me so many amazing memories and things that are in here and in here that i'll treasure forever. i'm going to miss you all so much. i love you very, very much. >> what a sad story that is. robyn kurnow reporting for us. we'll have more on that later here in "the situation room" as well. other news we're following including some painful budget cuts that will be felt by all of us. they're not only days away, they could affect you in some unexpected ways. plus, senator john mccain is alleging a massive cover-up on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya. >> so it's the state department's fault? who would you blame? who is responsible then? i've always had to keep my eye on her... but, i didn't always wa
of that. existing home sales comes thursday. as you know, existing home sales are 90% of the u.s. housing market. so that will be a critical read on recovery in the housing market and also a fresh look the consumer price index. we know that gas prices are squeezing. gas prices are 20 cents high they are week than they were the same time last year. 20 cents higher. and you're taking less out of your paycheck because of payroll tax holiday expired. for those of you really worried about gas prices in new york and chicago. you're going to hit $4 a gallon earlier than we ever have in the year. so brace yourself there. also brace yourself if you're a federal worker. you're facing a furlough, unpaid days off. you can blame the sequester. a controller for the office of management and budget said this won't happen until after march 1st. that's when the massive spending cuts begin if congress doesn't act the sequester. federal employees must give a 30-day notice before furlough. unions that represent the workers right now having a big part in how that's going to happen and when. but there are 2.1 m
the u.s. navy s.e.a.l. who took him out. i'm wolf blitzer. you're in "the situation room." -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> all that coming up, but there's also developments happening right now in southern california. frayed nerves and a cold trail, as investigators search for the fired los angeles police officer christopher dorner who's declared war on the police, now wanted in the murders of three people. we're standing by for a news conference. the prosecutor is going to be giving us new information. let's check in with cnn's miguel marquez in los angeles for an update. do police have any serious clues right now? >> reporter: it's not for lack of trying. they are trying to create those clues. they say they have 600 clues that hundreds of investigators are trying to pile through. right now, people are very nervous across the entire state. nervous students return. schools finally reopened in big bear. >> there's a bad guy on the loose and we don't want to get shot by him. >> reporter: today, it's security, along with students. >> today we feel much better. there's a lot of --
with regard to both proceedings. >> reporter: which must have been tough for people in the u.s. or around the world listening. >> of course. >> reporter: tough for us even here. >> to summarize whatever has to be said as far as bail is concerned, there's no easy task but i think the chief magistrate nair did so decently. i think it was a well balanced argument and all in all i think it was fair. >> reporter: you said all along that oscar pistorius would get bail. was it necessary to drag this on in such a way? >> i don't think so. ultimately i stand by my initial comments to say the ultimate question before court was whether he will be able to stand trial ultimately and that's precisely what the magistrate determined that he's not a flight risk, not going to run away anywhere in the world and ultimately he will see his day in court. >> reporter: has all this been theater or thorough? >> i think it was a thorough judgment. i think also the magistrate made sure that, from an international perspective, everybody would be familiarize them with the nitty gritty and detail in south africa law w
of the possible sequestration, the u.s. navy, cancelling the deployment of some other ships, cancelling some maintenance and pushing back some of the civilian contracts that they had signed. they say this is really just the tip of the iceberg, and down the road you could see a reduction in personnel. you could see training dramatically cut back in a lot of areas. >> chris, if these cuts do go into effect, they will be immediately felt or will be felt in the month his to come? >> reporter: this is going to be the toughest year, because critics will say look, once you get into year three, four and five, then the military will be able to dig in, cancel maybe some of the big contracts so that they can spread out the hurt a little more. the issue here is that pay and benefits take up about a third of the budget. you can't touch that with sequestration. also off limits are the wounded warrior program. they're not going to affect afghanistan that much. so to pull to make the cuts is smaller. and in a limited amount of time, you know, nine months left in a year, six months left in the fiscal year, t
, technically i wear one. the u.s. postal serviceĀ®, no business too small. >>> bottom of the hour, i'm brooke baldwin. for the next 30 minutes we're getting all sides from the story you will be talking about at the dinner table tonight. want to start here with the u.s. postal service saying it will shut down saturday mail service. that starts in august. but americans s s are simply no sending as much mail. the result, the postal service posted a record loss, $15.9 billion last year. the post master general saying today, quote, you can't beat free. let's bring in our panelists to talk all things postal service, jawn murray back today, lauren ashburn back as well, editor in chief of daily download. amy palmer, entertainment reporter and founder of power women tv. and last but not least, chris frates for national journal. let me ask you this, no saturdays, big surprise, do you care? >> it is interesting, brooke. a lost folks here in washington are thinking, maybe this is the postal service move to take away a delivery day to try to get some sympathy and do the most extreme thing first. we'll can
house wants to make the u.s. a magnet for making things again. so time for some fact checking. christine romans on the case. >> after 20 years of jobs and manufacturing moving to cheaper factory floors around the world, the president sees a shift, a return to manufacturing here. >> our first priority is making america a magnet for new jobs in manufacturing. after shedding jobs for more than ten years, our manufacturers have added about 500,000 jobs over the past three. >> a fact check of that 500,000 figure it's true if you tally jobs from 2010 when the industry hit rock bottom, but a longer view tells a different story. this is the context you must look at any manufacturing story with. this is manufacturing in america, the number of manufacturing jobs since 1979. that chart is terrible. the industry hit a peak with nearly 20 million jobs, manufacturing jobs, in 1979. it's been shrinking ever since, hitting rock bottom in 2010. the jobs he's talking about is the little far right part at the bottom of the line. some areblying production back to the u.s. to keep better control of their pro
vacation experience. >>> also, mega merger, american, u.s. airways now the world's biggest airline. what it means for ticket prices. >>> and top dog. >> the affenpinscher. banana joe. >> the little black pooch packing up his best in show ribbon and a bag of chew toys and heading to wall street. >> joey, banana joe. >> banana joe ringing the opening bell live this hour. "newsro "newsroom" starts now. good morning, thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello. we start with a shocking valentine's day tragedy, the world renowned olympian oscar pistorius has been charged with murder in the death of his girlfriend. his girlfriend model reeva steenkamp only 29 years old found dead at pistorius' home. joining us now is robyn curnow, in south africa. what is the latest, robyn? >> hi there. this much we know. oscar pistorious will be formally charged with murder on friday morning, tomorrow, south african time. he's going to spend the night in jail here after quite a tranlgic set of events today. what do we know, is that his girlfriend was shot dead, initial ll lly reports suggeste had
. this particular gas station, gas prices are a lot higher, 4.15. as i mentioned, u.s. national average, 3.73. in hawaii, california, higher still, the most expensive place to buy gas right now. 4.28. california not far behind. the cheapest place to buy gas, in wyoming, 3.17. as you mentioned, americans right now spending a lot more money on heating bills, that, of course, means they don't have much money to spare in terms of gas prices, also, we've got taxes going up for a lot of americans. a lot of people seeing paychecks shrink. some taxi drivers, saying they are spending upward of 40, $50, $60 per day. it really is having a huge effect on people. >> what a big mess. thanks, zain appreciate that. >>> jennifer delgado in the weather center this morning with a freeze warning that could spell some serious trouble for florida citrus crops. good morning. >> hi, soledad. the sunshine state needs the sun to come out. temperatures right now still in the mid 20s. we have a hard freeze warning in place anywhere in blue. of course, this is affecting northern and central parts of florida. temperatu
-investigator background or prosecutor background or u.s. attorney background, but i see every one of these people as a fertile source of information. even if you're not going to do waterboarding or that stuff, just intense questioning. that's how we got bin laden. a lot of good questions of a lot of people. >> rudy, as always, compelling stuff. thank you very much for joining me. >> thank you, piers. always a pleasure. >>> coming up next, a mother's message. i talk to the mother of former kidnap victim jaycee dugard on how to help ethan recover from his harrowing hostage ordeal. so if you're one of them people who gets heartburn and then treats day after day... block the acid with prilosec otc and don't get heartburn in the first place! [ male announcer ] one pill each morning. 24 hours. zero heartburn. >>> soon as i heard about it, all i could do is break down and cry and say thank you jesus. >> three days since 6-year-old ethan was rescued from an underground bunker in alabama. ethan is now back with his mother, but how will this affect his life? someone who truly can help, terry probyn is the
for the u.s. we will explain the action australia took on guns after the mass can i canning there, fareed talks with the man who made it happen. gps airs tomorrow right here on cnn, it's half past the hour, we are getting close toyota, we will get a look at the headlines. the head of iraq spy school was kill canned today, bought there's conflicts reports about his death. local officials say he was killed by confronting two stieds bombers that just killed his two bodyguards. the police say he died when two bodyguards were shot. a national hero, formerly charged with murder. oscar pistorius will know on tuesday if he will even get bail. he is charged with shooting to death his 29-year-old girlfriend in his home. through his agent, approximate pistorius strongly denies the murder charge and prosecutors say they will argue he planned it ahead of time. >>> a delta passenger that smacked a crying toddler during a flight could get up the a year for assault. he was sitting next to the boy and his mother. the boy began to cry, he used the n word and slapped the child. >>> a single bullet to the he
, a document filed by the u.s. marshal service an arrest warrant mentioned the possibility of accomplices. the lapd saying they will leave no stone unturned in trying to find someone, anyone who may have helped and there's a lot of questions about how he was able to survive in the big bear area for six days. also, the identification of the remains found in that burnt out cabin is a priority. sheriff's department san bernardino county says they'll have to conduct forensic testing on that, those charred remains, we don't know what kind of shape they're in but it could be everything from dna to x-rays to dental records, carol. >> just to button this all up and i'll go back to tom for this question, i would assume firefighters were not allowed to get close to fight that fire because police feared for their lives if the man inside that cabin would start firing. >> that's correct, carol. normally as a matter of policy, s.w.a.t. teams when they deployed the fire department dploiz wi deploys with them and stays a safe distance away. because if they use flash bangs or the tear gas canisters they m
to get information from them. maybe it's my ex-investigator background or prosecutor background or u.s. attorney background, but i see every one of these people as a fertile source of information. even if you're not going to do waterboarding or that stuff, just intense questioning. that's how we got bin laden. a lot of good questions of a lot of people. >> rudy, as always, compelling stuff. thank you very much for joining me. >> thank you, piers. always a pleasure. >> coming up next, a mother's message. i talk to the merth of former kidnap victim jaycee dugard on how to help ethan recover from his harrowing haaostage ordeal. get ready for a lot more of that new-plane smell. we're building the youngest, most modern fleet among the largest us airlines to ensure that you are more comfortable and connected than ever. we are becoming a new american. well, dad, i spent my childhood living with monks learning the art of dealmaking. you've mastered monkey-style kung fu? no. priceline is different now. you don't even have to bid. master hahn taught you all that? oh, and he says to say (translat
in prison with a two by four studded with nails. let's get to the mental retartation thing. the u.s. supreme court said we don't put mentally retarded people to death but we'll let the states determine who's restarted and who's not. he was 70, borderline retardation. but how do you conduct yourself in ordinary life, seaman second class in the navy. described as the leader of his family. buys a car, a motorcycle. the judge says i don't find it beyond a reasonable doubt that he's mentally retarded. that's the back story. >> joey, it says, the defendant may be found guilty but mentally retarded. those are their words and thus spared the death penalty if the jury and the court finded beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty of the crime charged and is mentally retarded. those words seem crucial here. so is explain to me the difference between beyond a reasonable doubt, and preet ponderance of the evidence. what's the difference there? >> absolutely. what happens, john, we don't want the defendant feigning, right, pretending the. so georgia, the only state in the union, by the way,
murphy, contributor for the daily beast.com and rick newman, chief business xcorrespondent for u.s news and world report. we heard the president tick off this list, if you will, abroad, a lot of adjectives thrown out today, ambitious state of the union speech. patricia murphy, is the re-elected barack obama perhaps overreaching? >> well, you know, i think it obviously depends where you're coming from. if you look at what he was talking about, these are a series of smaller initiatives, universal pre-k, the -- talking about the minimum wage. these are things that are actually relatively targeted, relatively narrow. i think some of his more liberal counterparts would like to see him go bigger and bolder. i don't think it was an overreach. i do think it doesn't quite add up. there is no money left in the federal budget for the new initiatives. that's where his new problem was with his speech. >> he says won't raise the deficit. amy holmes, some say ambitious. you say -- >> i agree with patricia. last night's state of the union was surprisingly modest. it was part george jetson, this vision
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